I have traveled the Country performing for over 11 years and have experience in live and studio music of every style and genre. I have been classically trained by pedagogues from around the world and have modified and funneled this background into various worlds of sound and artistry. The genre of greatest interest in SACRED MUSIC.
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I began studying music at the age of 3 and have now been playing for over 20 years. Having studied with instructors from around the world including Dennis Parker, Alan Harrell, Paul Katz, Daniel Lelchuk and Aldo Matza, I have worked to put maximum heart and excellence into anything from narrative and emotive melodies to technical passages, any or all of which I would be honored to contribute to your project. I've been a member of groups ranging from classical and neo-classical to jazz and pop for the past 11 years. Also, having spent much of that time in the Christian music industry, I regularly do solo work, ensemble or orchestra sessions with many upcoming and Grammy-winning artists in the Nashville area, in the meantime also recording six albums of my own.
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3 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Gaylyn Foto
Incredible talent! Gaylyn is amazing, the strings arrangement for my song was perfect, and the sound is very rich and emotional, she captured what I was looking for in the first attempt. She is great to work with, and we had great communication.
I will be back for more :)
Gaylyn is a cello virtuoso. Her warm, lyrical playing communicated great tenderness and totally captured the melancholy longing in this song. She totally delivered that passionate ache we were hoping for in her performance. And she provided a dazzling and impressive track on the first try – no revisions needed or even considered. Her superb creative choices provided stunning passages with a vibrant and rich tone and masterfully expressive technique. If you want the best cellist, choose Gaylyn.
Gaylyn's cello performance was amazingly personal and heart-lifting! Absolutely superb. Her phrasing and passion in the choruses of our project brought tears to my eyes. She has the singular ability to draw the listener in with wonderful creative and dynamic musical choices.She provided everything we were looking for and more - such a talent - and she really makes her instrument speak directly to her audience. What an uplifting performance - just stunning! I'll be back for more...
Interview with Gaylyn Foto
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: To offer the best cello services to the piece, one should not only be an accomplished cellist, but a performer as well. It is the "performer" in the cellist that provide the passion & feeling.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Classical cross-over sacred, neo-classical
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Impromptu accompaniment
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Audition the track when provided, make notes, then track the session. Complete run thru before re-takes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a fully noise-abated recording booth for vocal & cello services. My DAW is Studio One Pro v5, Apogee Duet audio interface, Neumann mic, Rode NT5 matched pair pencil mics.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most requests involve cello support scored by the producer/artist. Cello obligato is also a popular request.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Totally analog. Go to the beach, the mountains, the city, or the country and listen to the sounds of nature. All analog!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: "What is the story behind the song? Express your heart, because this gives me a better idea how you want the final piece to sound,"
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The Word of God, cello, computer, water filter, 5lb dumb bells
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To exceed expectation
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The variety found in the many genres of music where cello fits well.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Louisiana State University Cello Studio and master classes. I have been playing for 16 years, touring and performing for 10 years, Nashville session recording artist for 3 years.